Issue 1704

Published Date : 2021-12-28
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Bob Dylan The Song is Still Blowing in the Wind

By: Claudio Zonta SJ

It is not an easy undertaking to size up the elusive, contradictory character of Bob Dylan. A minstrel, a poet, perhaps even a prophet, but most surely an artist who is beyond the time he is living in. This complexity is evident in Dylan’s compositional language: his songs are sometimes narrative and they nail the miseries inflicted by power with a merciless look at the world; at other times, they prove to be symbolic in an attempt to grasp the...

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Zygmunt Bauman: The Sociologist who Scrutinized the Times

By: Francesco Occhetta, SJ

On January 9, 2017, Zygmunt Bauman passed away. He was a Polish sociologist of British citizenship and was one of the best-known interpreters of postmodernism. The news was given by the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Bauman was 91 years old and had lived a life “sated of days,” as Scripture says, not only for their quantity, but for the depth at which they were lived. With his death, the curtain goes down on one of the leading intellectuals of...

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Sadness: Precious Teachings from this Emotion

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

An outlawed feeling Sadness is certainly not a desired or attractive feeling with its dense cluster of synonyms that are difficult to separate with any precision (boredom, angst, depression). It never has been, even if it has had a certain consideration in literary and philosophical circles (think of Spleen, the meditative or melancholic sadness, of Romanticism and decadence, or of the angst of Heidegger as the cipher of human existence) and has, in general, influenced the entire history of culture...

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